Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"
Like Fire & Fury, the gossipy real-life soap opera behind a serious show.
When Barbara Walters launched The View, network executives told her that hosting it would tarnish her reputation. Instead, within ten years, she’d revolutionized morning TV and made household names of her co-hosts: Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But the daily cha...more
"I've always wanted to do a show with women of different generations, backgrounds, and views; and in a perfect world, I'd get to join the group whenever I wanted"I'm convinced that on some level, the many implications associated with her dream show and the unintended consequences were not only predictable, but e ...more
Splitting the book into three equally partitioned arcs, “Barbara’s View,” “Rosie’s View,” and “Whoopi’s View” was an odd choi ...more
Its peak was when Rosie O' Donnell was at the helm. I see Rosie as a mad genius: a genius for Television, that fading art form, a manic depressive rebel who wears her heart on her sleeve and speaks her truth which can get you fired in show biz. I salute her for her bravery and I do believe she is the only one who could have saved The View from certain death.
Unfortunately, the author comes off a bit like Bravo's insufferable Andy Cohen in certain sections. I have no interest in hearing a man describe commentary by the smart and successful women of The View as "bitchy." Being gay doesn't excuse misogyny. This shoudn't need to be explained in 2019.
That said, the good outweighs the bad here as Ramin Se ...more
Unless you are a fan of The View, which I have been from its conception almost 20 years ago, you won't really enjoy this book. BUT for those who lunch with the ladies as I have over the years, this will be your bible on how the show works, or doesn't, how the ladies get along, or don't, and how the staff and talent try to sabotage each other, and they do. Here are ju ...more
Still a delicious read.
The View has been on TV 20+ years. The co-hosts tend
to talk over each other & some arguments get ugly.
"Hot topics" mostly on pop culture and politics, opens
each show. They have guests & guest co-hosts. Whoopi
Goldberg is the current moderator.
Journalist Barbara Walters (BW) created this show in 1997.
There was/ is a moderator & 3-4 co-hosts. According to the
author, BW at times, on or off the air, verbally abused a co-
worker or producer. At times she avoi ...more
Now of course this book has all the juicy backstage gossip that you've already heard about- Star hijacking the show for her wedding freebies, Rosie and Elizabeth's on air blow out, and the on-going feud between Ro ...more
PUNCH is a narrative-style account of the history of The V ...more
The View was a bountiful source of workplace drama in the mid-2000s, splashed across gossip blogs in the form of Rosie vs Elisabeth screencaps and grainy YouTube videos of Hot Topic discussions. Details of Star Jones' lavish wedding, Sherri Shepherd thinking the Earth was flat (oh boy), and the revolving door of cohosts was like catnip for those ...more
I don't think that anything here is all that explosive, and I think that the author tried to sell this as more comprehensive a story than it was. It's really in-depth sort of on the behind the scenes action of the first ten years of the show, but the middle ...more